Transfer of Land to Tuolomne County at Kennedy Meadows
The donation of Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne County and the establishment of a conservation easement held by the Mother Lode Land Trust were finalized on November 20, 2013.
Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan Adoption
At its May 8, 2013 meeting the board adopted the proposed Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan for lands to be donated to Tuolumne County at the Kennedy Meadows planning unit in Tuolumne County. The easement to be established on these lands will be held by the Mother Lode Land Trust.
The LCCP describes how the proposed transaction and related agreements conform to and fulfill all requirements of the 2003 Settlement Agreement and Stipulation.
The draft LCCP was made available for a public review and comment period from August 6, 2012 - September 5, 2012.
At its June 10, 2009 meeting, the board recommended Tuolumne County as the prospective fee title donee for 240 acres at the Kennedy Meadows planning unit, located in Tuolumne County. The board also recommended the Mother Lode Land Trust as the prospective conservation easement holder on the property.]
The board also recommended the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District as a participant in the future land management and enhancement activities.
Along with this recommendation, the board approved the following initial transaction terms for the Kennedy Meadows property, which are expected to form the basis for subsequent negotiations with the prospective donees leading to a comprehensive Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan.
Land Stewardship Proposals
On December 17, 2008, the Stewardship Council received two proposals for the Kennedy Meadows planning unit, one of four pilot sites. One proposal was prepared and submitted as a collaboration among three eligible donees - the County of Tuolumne, the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District, and the Mother Lode Land Trust. The second proposal was prepared and submitted by the United States Forest Service, Stanislaus National Forest. The information and statements contained in these proposals were prepared by the respective organizations. Proposals are presented 'as is' and the Stewardship Council does not make any assertion regarding the accuracy or completeness of information presented, nor do the proposals necessarily reflect the views of the Stewardship Council. The proposals will be reviewed and considered prior to any recommendation by the Stewardship Council for a donation of fee title to lands within the Kennedy Meadows planning unit.
Organizations Submitting a Statement of Qualifications
County of Tuolumne
Mother Lode Land Trust
Tuolumne Band of Miwok Indians
Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District
USDA Forest Service - Stanislaus National Forest
Public Information Meeting
The primary purpose of this meeting was to solicit public input on the development of the Land Conservation and Conveyance Plans (LCCP) to preserve and enhance the beneficial public values.